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Charlie Rice

Charlie Rice (born March 1, 1920 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a jazz drummer. Having played with Jimmy Oliver, Rice led the first house band at Philadelphia's Club 421, with a lineup including Vance Wilson, Bob Bushnell, Red Garland and Johnny Hughes. After playing with Eddie Vinson's and Jimmy Heath's big bands (with John Coltrane in both lineups[2]) in 1951 he went with Oscar Pettiford, Rudy Williams, Clifton Best, J.J. Johnson and Howard McGhee on a USO tour to the South Pacific, as part of a unit known as the "Swingin' Jamboree". The concerts were recorded and released the following year as Howard McGhee and his Korean All Stars, Jazz At the Battlefront Volume 1. Back in Philadelphia, he led the Charlie Rice All-Stars. As well as playing with Sonny Stitt, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (again with John Coltrane), and Leo Parker, in 1964 and 1965 he toured and recorded with Chet Baker. As of October 2011, Rice is still performing.

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Jeff Duperon: Building a Jazz Bridge for Musicians and the Community

Read "Jeff Duperon: Building a Jazz Bridge for Musicians and the Community" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

[For almost fifteen years, Philadelphia's Jazz Bridge has been providing funds and services to professional jazz and blues musicians in need. On Sunday, June 3, 2018, Jazz Bridge will hold its annual fundraiser at the Independence Seaport Museum at Penn's Landing. There will be food, drink, fun, and an opportunity to meet the musicians. The honorary ...

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A Remembrance of Percy Heath

Read "A Remembrance of Percy Heath" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

This article was originally published at All About Jazz in May 2005. Percy Heath could play the hell out of that big contrabass. Played it for more than half a century. With Bird and Miles and Diz and 'Trane and Brownie and the venerable Modern Jazz Quartet and on and on. And ...

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Return Engagement For "Last Call At The Downbeat" In April!

Return Engagement For "Last Call At The Downbeat" In April!

In November 1942, 25-year-old trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie is in Philadelphia leading his own quartet for a 7-week engagement at the Downbeat Club. He’s just been fired by Lucky Millinder after a stint at the famed Earle Theatre at 11th and Market Streets—right around the corner. It’s war time, and big band swing is still the rage, ...

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Drummer Charlie Rice & His All-Stars In Collingswood, NJ On Thurs. December 5th!

Drummer Charlie Rice & His All-Stars In Collingswood, NJ On Thurs. December 5th!

The Jazz Bridge first Thursdays Neighborhood Concerts Series at the Collingswood Community Center, 30 East Collings Avenue in Collingswood NJ, presents drummer Charlie Rice and his All-Stars on Thursday, December 5th. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., tickets are $10/$5 for students, and are only available at the door. For info: 856-858-8914, 215-517-8337 or visit Jazz Bridge. At ...

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Jazz Bridge Presents Dizzy Gillespie Play "Last Call at the Downbeat" on April 5-6 and 12-13

Jazz Bridge Presents Dizzy Gillespie Play "Last Call at the Downbeat" on April 5-6 and 12-13

Last Call at the Downbeat, an original show about Jazz pioneer Dizzy Gillespie’s famous stint at Philadelphia’s Downbeat nightclub in November of 1942, will open in the Red Room of the Society Hill Playhouse—507 South 8th Street in Philadelphia—on Friday April 5th and run through the first two weekends in April (International Jazz Month) ending on ...

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Jazz Bridge Presents Charlie Rice in Collingswood on October 6th

Kicking off the 8th season of the Jazz Bridge Neighborhood Concerts Series on Thursday October 6th at the Collingswood Community Center, 30 W. Collings Ave. Collingswood, NJ will be legendary (and 91 years old!) drummer Charlie Rice and his band featuring pianist Don Wilson, bassist Ed Wise, saxophonist Bob Howell and trombonist Clifford Adams. Rice has ...

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All Charges Dropped Against Drummer Charlie Rice!

All Charges Dropped Against Drummer Charlie Rice!

It's a celebration! This Thursday, May 7th, at the Collingwood Community Center from 7-9PM, 30 Collings Ave, Collingswood, NJ. $10/$5 students. Free sodas and buffet. Ed Wise and his New Orleans Big Band will be appearing to celebrate Charlie Rice's victory! See Philadelphia Daily News Article below. Jazz drummer beats gas rap By JASON ...

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Jazz Vespers for Drummer Charlie Rice at St. John Baptist Church in Camden, NJ

Jazz Vespers for Drummer Charlie Rice at St. John Baptist Church in Camden, NJ

Jazz Vespers Sunday, April 19th St. John Baptist Church Camden, NJ 5:00-6:00pm Alto saxophonist Tony Williams, pianist Don Wilson, bassist Mike Boone, and drummer Craig McIver will be performing a jazz vespers to raise money for the Charlie Rice Legal Defense Fund on Sunday April 19th from 5-6PM ...

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Giants of Jazz for Charlie Rice at Ortlieb's JazzHaus on February 22

Giants of Jazz for Charlie Rice at Ortlieb's JazzHaus on February 22

On Sunday February 22nd, three of Philadelphia's most revered jazz legends will appear on stage at Ortlieb's JazzHaus, Bootsie Barnes, Larry McKenna, and Sam Reed, at 847 N. 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA from 4-7PM. The rhythm section will be pianist Jason Shattil, bassist Mike Boone, and drummer Jim Miller. All of these musicians are donating their ...


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